Former jail sergeant alleges cover-up in interview

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 10:14 AM

            Eric Banks
Eric Banks

A retired Montgomery County jail sergeant has revealed for the first time how video of a restrained inmate being pepper-sprayed in the jail was obtained by a local attorney, who posted it online and brought national attention to the incident.

In an exclusive interview with the Dayton Daily News, Eric Banks said he and a fellow sergeant, Ransley Creech, brought the video to attorney Doug Brannon and also called the FBI. He said they did so because they feared the sheriff’s command staff was trying to cover up the pepper-spraying of a bound inmate, Amber Swink, by then-Sgt. Judith Sealey on Nov. 15, 2015.

“The sheriff’s office is mad that a couple people crossed that coveted blue line and told the truth about what happened,” Banks said.

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Two hospitalized after police pursuit ends in crash in Dayton

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:14 AM

UPDATE @ 2:50 a.m: Two people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a police pursuit ended in a crash on Needmore Road early Thursday morning.

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According to officials, they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Stanley Avenue around 1:45 a.m., the suspect did not comply and a pursuit started on northbound I-75. 

The suspect ended up crashing into another vehicle after running a red light on Needmore Road not too long after the pursuit ensued. 

The suspect and the driver of the other vehicle were the individuals transported to Grandview Medical Center.

Officials did find a loaded handgun and narcotics in the suspect vehicle. 

The individual was placed under arrest and will be taken to Montgomery County Jail after their release from the hospital. 


A pursuit on northbound I-75 ended as a crash on the Needmore Road exit ramp early Thursday morning.

According to officials, the pursuit started around 1:45 a.m. at the 55 milemarker.

The Ohio Highway State Patrol are handling with assistance from Dayton police.

We will continue to update this story with more details. 

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Travis AFB main gate closed after car gains 'unauthorized access,' crashes

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

The visitor's entrace to Travis  Air Force Base in California.
The visitor's entrace to Travis Air Force Base in California.(Google)

Officials at Travis Air Force Base in California say a car gained “unauthorized access” to the base’s main gate and later crashed.

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Smoke alarm recall: 500,000 Kidde detectors might not alert users to fire

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:42 AM

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Kidde recalled about 500,000 dual-sensor smoke alarms Wednesday because they pose a risk of people not being alerted to a fire in their home.

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A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke.

About 452,000 devices were sold in the United States, in addition to 40,000 sold in Canada.

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This recall involves models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.

The recall includes:

Model: PI9010 (DC/battery powered)Date Code: September 10, 2016 through October 13, 2017

Model: PI2010 (AC/hardwired)Date Code: September 10, 2016 through October 13, 2017

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People should remove the alarm from their wall or ceiling and look through the opening on the side of the alarm for a yellow cap. People should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, people should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, people should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

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The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a home. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present have been reported.

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The affected smoke alarms were sold at Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.

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3 critical, 1 dead after crash on U.S. 36 in Champaign County

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:41 AM

At least one dead in Champaign Co. crash involving ambulance

UPDATE @ 1:41 a.m: Three people are in critical condition after a fatal two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. 36 East and Parkview Road in Champaign County Wednesday afternoon.

The crash involved a private ambulance and a full-size pickup truck.

One woman died at the scene and the other four individuals involved were flown to Miami Valley Hospital.

Matthew Wallen, 21, of St. Paris; Mark Stith, 23, of Marion; and Christopher Bopp, 51, of Kenton all remain in critical condition. 

A condition update was not immediately available for Jeremy Fetters, 23, of Plain City. 

UPDATE @ 7:20 p.m.: A 61-year-old Kenton woman was killed in the two-vehicle collision involving a private ambulance and a full-size pickup truck in Goshen Twp., the Champaign County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

Debra Lock was a front-seat passenger in the Med Care ambulance sheriff's investigators said failed to yield the right of way when it entered the intersection of U.S. 36 East and Parkview Road. The accident was reported at 3:22 p.m.

Matthew Wallen, 21, of St. Paris, was driving the truck that struck the medic unit. 

Jeremy Fetters, 23, of Plain City, was the ambulance driver. Also in the ambulance were Mark Stith, 23, of Marion, and Christopher Bopp, 51, also of Kenton. 

Wallen, Fetters, Stith and Bopp were all taken to Miami Valley Hospital in two CareFlight helicopters. Their conditions were not available Wednesday night.

Lock died at the scene. She was removed by Champaign County Coroner Josh Richards.

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Mechanicsburg Fire Lt. Matt Bebout said the sheriff's office is continuing to investigate where the medic unit may have been going or coming from at the time of the accident. The sheriff's office also is looking into whether the medic unit's lights and sirens were activated.

The accident investigation is continuing, according to the sheriff’s office.

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A Pioneer Electric crew was on scene Wednesday evening to repair a utility pole the medic unit also struck in the collision.

Both roadways were shut down for a time because of the investigation.

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